Dallas Cowboys rookie defensive end Taco Charlton has taken abuse on the practice field from the best offensive line in the NFL, and off the field from fans of America’s Team.
The 28th overall pick from Michigan started dishing it out as he beat first-team right tackle La’el Collins in team portion Tuesday at training camp in Oxnard, Calif.
The Cowboys offensive line remained dominant in one-on-one drills as right guard Zack Martin drove defensive tackle Maliek Collins to the ground.
Speedy defensive lineman Charles Tapper applied his trade against left guard Chaz Green in one-on-one drills.
One of the bigger competitions during the compete portion of practice was tight end Jason Witten going against safety Byron Jones — a classic battle of wily vet versus up and coming leader.
Running back Darren McFadden caught a pass against linebacker Mark Nzeocha, but he would have been stopped for little YAC if allowed to be tackled.
Third-year tight end Geoff Swaim showed he is ready for action after spending an off-season rehabbing from a stress fracture in his left foot and a torn pectoral tendon.
Running back Ezekiel Elliott burned linebacker Damien Wilson for a touchdown.
Pro Bowl receiver Dez Bryant caught a touchdown pass — a natural for the man with the second-most touchdown catches since 2010 with 67 — and dunked the ball over the goalpost.
Receiver Brice Butler ended practice with a touchdown catch.
But quarterback Dak Prescott did not end his time on the practice field without signing autographs for fans.